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to explain condescendingly, because listener is a woman[edit]

  • 2008 May 21, phosphate, “Re: On statistics”, Fandom Wank, accessed on 2012-06-21:
    Oh, gosh, thank you so much for mansplaining this to us!
  • 2009 May 8, Karen Healey, “A woman's born to weep and fret”, Karen Healey's Livejournal, archived on 2012-10-19, accessed on 2012-05-26:
    Mansplaining isn't just the act of explaining while male, of course; many men manage to explain things every day without in the least insulting their listeners.

    Mansplaining is when a dude tells you, a woman, how to do something you already know how to do, or how you are wrong about something you are actually right about, or miscellaneous and inaccurate "facts" about something you know a hell of a lot more about than he does.

  • 2009 September 8, Rosenzweig, Vicki, “Re: I stumbled here while searching for 'what was wrong with me'.”, alt.polyamory, Usenet:
    alternatively, if you think that saying "might as well castrate me while you're at it, for the way it feels" will make everyone apologize or be quiet so you can keep mansplaining, you are mistaken.
  • 2010 January 5, Zuska, “You May Be A Mansplainer If…”, Thus Spake Zuska, accessed on 2012-05-26:
    Mansplaining. We’ve all had to endure it, on the internets or IRL, so frequently we are often overwhelmed with the desire to hork up serious chunks on the mansplainer’s shoes
  • 2010 January 28, Choire Sicha, “"Mansplaining" Critique Really Upsets Men, Who Are Usually Too Busy Feigning Concern For the Subjects of Women's Memoirs”, The Awl:
    A woman wrote about mansplaining. This, as you know if you are a woman, is when a man explains reality to you in a way that is intended to overrule what you very clearly know is actual reality, or to tell you things you have already said, or to tell you that what you are doing right is wrong.
  • 2010 January 29, Twisty Faster, “There are molecules in the brain called “neurotransmitters””, I Blame the Patriarchy, accessed on 2012-06-21:
    In fact, quite the buttload of Zuska’s mansplaining commenters are apparently authoritative experts on mansplaining. This is surprising and kind of meta, since it is a well-known fact that men who claim to know what the fuck mansplaining is cannot resist mansplaining that it doesn’t, at least for them, exist. More than a few of them mansplain that theirs is a truly lofty and nuanced apprehension of mansplaining, which is why when they do it they aren’t really doing it, so it isn’t the same as when actual mansplainers mansplain.
  • 2010 February 3, “The Art of Mansplaining”, Fannie's Room, accessed on 2012-05-26:
    Whereas whitesplaining is the result of the white experience being "normed," mansplaining, is the logical result of males possessing the privilege whereby they are largely assumed to be both default human beings and automatically competent at life.
  • 2010 February 6, Jet Silver, “Jet’s favourite mansplanation story”, I Am Not a Cake, accessed on 2012-05-26:
    The mansplainer mansplained adamantly on the topic of sex. His specific sub-topic: whether a long penis or a wide one is more pleasurable for a woman during vaginal intercourse.
  • 2011 February, “The Sum of Her Parts 2 of 3”, Batman and Robin, number 18: 
    I fooled you! You don't get to “mansplain” to me!
  • 2011 February 1, Linkins, Jason, “What's Behind The Drive To Redefine Rape In New And Insane Ways?”, The Huffington Post:
    But what's getting all of the attention in the bill is the part where legislators have banded together to mansplain the various shadings of the crime of "rape" to America.
  • 2011 February 15, Daniel Nester, “Are you a mansplainer? Let me mansplain.”, Comedy of Manners, accessed on 2012-05-26:
    What does it mean mansplain? It seems to include, but is not restricted to, the way men explain things to women in a way that is at once dismissive while adopting the no self-doubt-inflected Voice of God.
  • 2011 July 5, Megan Milanese, “Look, Kitten, I Am Too A Feminist! Fauxminism and Men”, Lawsonry, accessed on 2012-05-26:
    A feminist man should be able to understand the difference between mansplaining and simply explaining something while simultaneously being a man. The difference is the invalidation of the marginalized person’s expertise and experience as well as the general patronizing or condescending tone.
  • 2011 July 1, reluctanthurricane, “Why We Need to Change “Mansplain””, It's Raining:
    The following list is why I dislike the term “mansplaining” and prefer the term “downsplaining”.
  • 2011 October 5, Tatsuya Ishida, “The Sisterhood 3”, Sinfest, accessed on 2012-06-21:
    “There’s nothing wrong with admiring the female form...” “No mansplaining.
  • 2010 November 14, Jones, Kai, “Re: advice: those vampire books?”, alt.polyamory, Usenet:
    I was amused by a conversation that was mostly men, mansplaining the books and movies mostly aimed at women.
  • 2011 June 3, Aahz Maruch, “Re: Milenko Kindl loves threesome”, alt.polyamory, Usenet:
    Were you at all tempted to say, "Thank you for mansplaining."?
  • 2011 December 2, David Futrelle, “Rape, mansplained at last. Thanks, anonymous dude on Reddit!”, Man Boobz, accessed on 2012-05-26:
  • 2012 March 14, Jessica Wakeman, “Dr. Drew Is Mansplaining Your Sexual Desires For You, “50 Shades Of Grey” Fans”, The Frisky, accessed on 2012-05-26:
  • 2012 March 21, Adam Lee, “Your Daily Dose of Mansplaining”, Daylight Atheism, accessed on 2012-05-26:
    Mansplaining occurs particularly often in anti-feminist, patriarchal religions, where male authority figures — often, elderly, celibate male authority figures — presume to instruct women on the appropriate use of their reproductive systems. Indeed, some of the most ancient and solemn decrees of organized religion are mansplaining through and through.
  • 2012 August 1, Marin Cogan, “The Mittsplainer: An Alternate Theory of Mitt Romney's Gaffes”[1], GQ, ISSN 0016-6979: 
    In a weird way, if you see Mitt Romney's gaffes as merely mansplaining, they're somehow more tolerable, because it implies that they come from a lack of self-awareness rather than malice.
  • 2012 August 16, Lesley Kinzel, “Why you’ll never hear me use the term “mansplain””,, accessed on 2012-08-08:
    Mansplaining” — for which I will cease using scare quotes forthwith — is an internet-born term for what happens when a dude comes into a conversation, usually online, usually happening between a group of women, and proceeds to commandeer the discussion to explain to said women things that they already know.
  • 2012 October 5, Walker, Harriet, “Now, let me explain something about patriarchy”, The Independent, ISSN 0951-9467, retrieved on 2012-10-05:
    Linehan’s argument, mansplained with the characteristic ill-grace of a caught-out mansplainer, was that Page Three was not misogynistic because it was clearly for men who liked women. Who liked them so much they wanted to look at them naked, in fact.
  • 2012 October 6, “Intellectual Negging at Shakespeare & Co., a Womansplanation”, The Oeditrix, accessed on 2012-10-15:
    These two women, both petite (I cannot help thinking this was one reason he enjoyed talking to them so much) were being mansplained within an inch of their lives.
  • 2012 October 12, Stoeffel, Kat, “Mansplaining Paul Ryan Meme Came True”, New York, ISSN 0028-7369:
    Although the tangential monologue on the definition of "fighting season" might have been Ryan's most egregious example of mansplaining ("Let me bring some — let me try and illustrate the issue here, because I think this — it can get a little confusing." No, not at all, but thank you for your concern), his personal story about a fetus named Bean is the meme-makers' favorite.
  • 2012 October 16, Femmy McFeministy, “Remansplaining”, Academic Men Explain Things to Me, accessed on 2012-10-17:
    In which, a reblogger remansplains a mansplaining, not understanding that the student in question was trying for the life of her to figure out what on earth the professor in question was going for.
  • 2012 October 18, pandora, “The Men Of Morning Joe Mansplain Women Issues To Mika”, Delaware Liberal, accessed on 2012-10-18:
    But the comment that actually had me stopping in my tracks was this bit of mansplaining by Joe Scarborough. Joe was scolding Mika, telling her how abortion wasn’t a big issue outside of Los Angelos and Manhattan, that most women are concerned about the economy.
  • 2012 November 1, Lily Rothmannov, “A Cultural History of Mansplaining[2], The Atlantic, ISSN 1072-7825: 
    John Adams, whose relationship with Abigail Adams is supposed to be a shining example of spousedom, mansplained the need to make husbands the legal masters of wives.
  • 2012 November 8, Jillian Rayfield, “Sen. Ron Johnson offers to mansplain the budget to Tammy Baldwin The Wisconsin Republican conde”[3], Salon: 
    Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., offered to help out his new colleague, Democrat Sen.-elect Tammy Baldwin, by explaining the federal budget thing and how it works.
  • 2013 May, Alice Bell, “Mansplaining and silos of knowledge”[4], Popular Science UK: 
    You know when someone explains something to you, but you already know about it, and you feel a bit patronised? Maybe because you are even wearing a giant flashing badge with “I KNOW LOADS ABOUT THIS I HAVE SIX ZILLION NOBEL PRIZES IN IT” which they somehow manage not to see, too caught up in their own knowledge. That’s mansplaining.
  • 2014 December 1, Melissa Welshans, “Get Your Hands Off My Boobs: Mansplaining and (Gay) Male Privilege”, Metathesis, accessed on 2014-12-02:
    Mansplaining underscores for women that their knowledge of the world is suspect for no other reason than because they are women.
  • 2015 March 14, Heidi Hall, “Hard to ‘Mansplain’ Workplace Gender Issues”, The Daily News, Memphis, volume 8, number 12, retrieved on 2015-03-14:
    "Jane felt like screaming at Dick after he manterrupted her in the staff meeting, bropropriated her idea and then spent the afternoon mansplaining it back to her."